Survivor Stories

#POWERofONE

Every minute, one woman is diagnosed with cancer in the United States.

That’s one mother. One daughter. One wife.

These are the stories of women who have fought cancer. They give us HOPE

A Lifetime Ago…

In 1991 the Dow Jones Industrial average topped 3,000 for the first time, Kevin Durant was 3, and the price for a dozen eggs was 85 cents. In 1991, Carla Stoddard (front row, 4th from left) was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma, called Burkitt.  The odds were not in her favor. She was

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Warrior Mode

Just after Christmas in 2015, Angela Caraway went into warrior mode. It seems quite likely that this is what most women do when faced with a cancer diagnosis. Angela’s was an aggressive form of colon cancer. It would be a rough year, a year of treatments and uncertainty. Warrior mode was survival mode and survival

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Winning the Battle

By Mary Gravley I was diagnosed with non-invasive ductal carcinoma in situ in 2011 after a routine mammogram that I nearly missed. I never felt a lump but instinct and timing get the credit for the quick diagnosis. My insurance company sent me a letter stating my annual exam was six months overdue. I made an appointment

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A Grateful Heart…

Scared. Grieving. Angry. Shocked. All powerful emotions. Emotions that naturally accompany a cancer diagnosis. Beautiful. Lovely. Grateful. Blessed. Words in stark contrast to the raw emotions created by cancer, and yet words that also seem to be the heartbeat of a survivor. As Betsy Campbell talks about her recent battle with breast cancer, it is

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Inspired to Continue

The truth is, Coach Kay Yow was inspired by a lot of people. She was grounded in her faith and she saw the very best in everyone she encountered. It was that outlook that enabled her to draw inspiration from literally, thousands of people, many of whom she never met. And yet, it still seems

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Writing Her Own Chapter…

It is a recurring theme. But it never gets old. Jerilyn Hughes wants to help others. She says she is part of a sisterhood. Maybe her story could inspire another woman, perhaps lift her up during a low time. We met Jerilyn at a women’s basketball recruiting event where she was there to support her

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A Story of Hope, a Story of Survival…

As is always the case, fate writes a far better story than any of us ever could. This is a story of a mother, her daughter, and their coach. It is a story of faith and hope, courage and conviction, suffering and…then joy. When Hanna Halteman visited the campus of North Carolina State University as

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